WaterLex is an international public interest development organization based in Geneva. It is a UN-Water Partner with UN ECOSOC special consultative status. Its mission is to develop sustainable solutions based on human rights to improve water governance worldwide, particularly in regard to consistent water law and policy frameworks.
WaterLex works with an alliance of interested parties to improve water-governance frameworks, bringing them in line with country obligations under international human rights law. Through legal research, services and capacity building, the WaterLex Legal Desk advises and supports governments, parliamentarians, national human rights institutions, and non-state actors, including business and NGOs, in their individual and collective response at national, regional, and international levels. The Operations Desk develops and refines methodologies, tools, and training materials, disseminating knowledge to governments, amongst practitioners, and within civil society, about practical ways to respond to the obligations and/or responsibilities of state and non-state actors in the field of water-related human rights.
WaterLex works with UN organizations, such as UNEP, UNDP and UNESCO-IHE, international aid agencies, development cooperation agencies, and NGOs. It collaborates with individuals and groups working in government (diplomatic missions), academia (professors of law, researchers), bilateral cooperation (water management advisors), the judiciary (high/supreme courts judges), the UN system (UN-Water family members), and civil society (NGOs that work on water issues). WaterLex partners with 85 universities to continuously enrich the content of the WaterLex Legal Database.
WaterLex publishes reports and books, such as National Human Rights Institutions and Water Governance: Compilation of Good Practices and The Human Rights to Water and Sanitation in Courts Worldwide: A Selection of National, Regional and International Case Law, as well as its Annual Report 2014 and more. See the Publications page.